Black Widow Spider Cupcakes

Serving Size: 12
Prep Time:
Total Time:

  • 0.25 tsp sea salt
  • 0.5 tsp baking soda
  • 0.75 tsp xantham gum
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 0.75 cup granulated sugar
  • 0.5 cup cocoa powder
  • 1.5 cup flour (used Cara's All-Purpose Flour)

  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 0.33 cup mild-flavored oil
  • 1 cup nondairy milk (I use unsweetened almond)

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 0.5 cup non-hydrogenated shortening
  • 0.5 cup cocoa powder


  • 2 packs gluten-free vegan black licorice rope
  • gluten-free vegan chocolate sprinkles
  • 24 homemade vegan googly eyes
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease or line a muffin tin.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl and mix wooden spoon until just combined.
  4. Pour evenly into the muffin tin.
  5. Bake 16-18 minutes or until the tops of the cupcakes spring back after they are gently pressed down on.
  6. Remove from the pan and allow to fully cool on a wire rack.
  7. Beat the frosting ingredients with an electric mixer until fluffy. Coat each cupcake with a thin layer. Top with chocolate sprinkles, vegan googly eyes, and place the licorice legs in.

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